Available masters and doctoral projects

An overview of opportunities for students to work with scientists at Reykjavik University on research projects. Please contact the person listed within each project for further information.

Undergraduate level projects are on the Icelandic portion of RU's website: Available undergraduate level projects

Regional development development – grants for master's students

MSc level projects, all departments

  • Merki Byggðastofnunar

The Regional Development Institute announces grants for master's students working on theses in the field of regional development in Iceland. For allocation are up to IKR 1.000.000 and the aim is to provide four grants.

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Mechanical vibrations of Silicon nanowires

MSc level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • Nanowires

Thin Silicon nanowires with diameters of few hundreads of nanometers and up to 200 microns long are fabricated by Dr. Halldór Svavarsson from the Nanophysics Center http://nano.ru.is/. The nanowires are obtained as arrays, as shown in the attached figure. These nanowires are expected to be flexible and able to vibrate mechanically with frequencies in between kilohertz and megahertz, under the action of forces of the order of piconewton. Until now the elastic properties of these nanowires are not known. The aim of the present project is to evaluate the vibration spectra and the forces involved by numerical simulations. The numerical simulations will be done with the software Comsol Multiphysics.

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Identifying particle inertia in turbulent fluid by smart image processing

MSc level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • Nemandi í labbi með grænum bjarma

The student will develop algorithms to sort and classify particles of varied size and inertia in a turbulent fluid, by image processing and analysis of their trajectory.

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Use of electrostatic forces to harvest microalgaes

MSc level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • The Blue Lagoon

Algae, cultivated at the Blue Lagoon is currently being harvested in sedimentation tank. This is a slow process and a portion of the algae, too fine for rapid sedimentation, is lost. The aim of the project is to build an electrical device that can charge the surface of the algae causing it to flocculate and thus ease the harvesting.

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MSc thesis topics in environmental and sustainable engineering

MSc level projects, School of Science and Engineering

  • Two people run through a rainbow in front of a waterfall

Various MSc and PhD topics in the field of environments engineering and sustainable development are available. Many projects will be carried out in collaboration with Icelandic or international partners. The topics cover the following areas:

  • Modelling of water resources
  • Low carbon technology projects
  • Renewable energy production
  • Environmental impacts studies

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Development of optimization framework for planar microwave structures using Sonnet and Matlab

MSc level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • Development of optimization framework for planar microwave structures using Sonnet and Matlab

The purpose of the project is development of a set of algorithms for design optimization of planar microwave structures using Matlab and full-wave electromagnetic simulation software package Sonnet em. It involves development of Matlab-Sonnet interface, procedures for automated construction of the electromagnetic simulation models, optimization algorithms, as well as a GUI-based toolbox. Verification of the framework using real-world design problems for a set of microwave components (filters, couplers, etc.) is also included.

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Design optimization of linear and planar array antennas using response features

MSc level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • Design optimization of linear and planar array antennas using response features

Array antennas play an important role in communication systems. One of the design issues is synthesis of a required radiation pattern (typically to ensure low side lobe levels), which is challenging when realized at the level of high-fidelity electromagnetic simulation models. In this project, the purpose is development of fast design optimization techniques based of response feature principles and multi-fidelity simulation models.

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Design optimization of antenna structures using adaptive response scaling

MSc level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • Design optimization of antenna structures using adaptive response prediction

Design closure of high-frequency structures is a challenging task due to, among others, high computational cost of electromagnetic (EM) simulation necessary for reliable evaluation of such structures. The purpose of the project is to adapt the adaptive response scaling (ARS) technique for computationally-efficient design optimization of narrow- and multi-band antennas. ARS has been developed for optimization of microwave components and requires fast equivalent circuit models as auxiliary low-fidelity models. Under this project, ARS will be generalized to be used with multi-fidelity EM models and applied for a particular class of antennas.

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